Beltagy trial hears testimony of alleged victim arrives in court
Mohamed el-Beltagy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The alleged victim in the case of Freedom and Justice Party’s Secretary General Mohamed Al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy on charges of kidnapping testified today that a TV reporter tried to intercede on his behalf. 

The trial was adjourned Sunday to March 31.

The police officer who was allegedly tortured said he did not see Hegazy during his kidnapping, and that Beltagy told the reporter “we will not kill the policemen. We do not want the public opinion to turn against us,” reported Youm7.

The Cairo Criminal Court panel headed by judge Mohamed Shereen Fahmy arrived Sunday morning at the headquarters of the Police Academy where the trial resumed after its adjournment on March 27, over charges of kidnapping and torturing of two police officers during the Rabaa al-Adaweya and NahdaSquare sit-ins.

Giza Misdemeanor Court headed by Judge Hazem Hashad previously sentenced Khaled al-Azhari, the former Minister of  Manpower, and Gamal al-Ashri, former parliamentarian, to two years in prison on charges of hiding Beltagy who was wanted for arrest.

The trial adjourned March 27,after a request by the defendant’s lawyer Mohamed Damaty, who demanded that each officer give his testimony in a separate session as not to influence each other. He also called for  discussing  with members of a technical committee the contents of the  videos footagewhich shows the defendants attacking the two policemen.

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